May 15, 2022

Biloxi, MS - Jonathan Harlan Identified as Pedestrian Killed on I-10 Near Cedar Lake Rd

Biloxi, MS (May 15, 2022) - A local family man who died after he was hit by a car on Monday, May 9th has been identified.  

Jonathan Harlan, a married father of three, was struck in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in the area of the off-ramp for Cedar Lake Road in Biloxi.  

At about 2:15 a.m., fire crews, police, and American Medical Response ambulance crews all responded to the scene where Harlan was pronounced dead.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. 

Police have not said if driver impairment played a role in the crash. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Jonathan Harlan, at this time.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi

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In Mississippi, wrongful death claims can only be filed by specific family members of the deceased, including:

  • Surviving siblings
  • Surviving parent or child
  • Surviving spouse
  • A personal representative of the estate

The majority of these claims are usually brought by the decedent’s spouse. If they had any children, any awarded damages will be divided equitably between the surviving children and spouse. If the decedent was single or not lawfully married, a surviving sibling or parent can pursue a claim of wrongful death. Reaching out to a Mississippi wrongful death attorney will help you get the legal guidance you need to bring a viable wrongful death claim.

In Mississippi, claimants in a wrongful death claim can be awarded recovery for two types of damages: economic and non-economic.

  • Economic damages: Economic damages are intended to compensate the deceased’s family for quantifiable, calculable damages. These can include medical expenses incurred by the victim prior to their death, funeral and burial costs, lost income and other earnings, and property damage.
  • Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are meant to act as financial compensation for other kinds of damages that are more challenging to put a dollar amount on, like the victim’s pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship.

The forms of compensation and the total amount awarded will differ based on the unique circumstances of your claim. The best way to calculate the value of your wrongful death claim is to ask an experienced attorney.

Every state has its own set of rules regarding how long someone can wait between an event and a lawsuit pertaining to the event. This time period is known as the statute of limitations and it varies from state to state. The type of suit you are filing is also a significant factor.  

There are two distinct statutes of limitations that apply to wrongful death cases filed with Mississippi state courts:

  • A claim of wrongful death has to be filed within one year from the date of death if it was the result of a deliberate act
  • A claim of wrongful death has to be filed within three years from the date of death if it was the result of negligence

Some states, however, have a statute of limitations that is as short as one year while other states have one as long as six years.  

Contact a Mississippi wrongful death attorney at (601) 487-0555 to discuss your potential claim and see what we are able to do for you. 

Note: The information provided within these posts has been gathered from outside sources, for Germany Law Firm, PLLC, and, as such, has not been independently verified. All provided information has been gathered from secondary sources including news bulletins and other first-hand accounts. If you find any information that is incorrect or you would like this post to be removed, please contact our law firm immediately so that we can correct the story or remove it entirely from the website.

Disclaimer: At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we provide the information found in these accident reports as a resource for families who have been in similar situations and to raise awareness about the dangers of driving. We would also like to honor the victims who have been injured or lost their life as a result of a Mississippi accident and hope that the information reported will help prevent future accidents. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene. 

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